Are Delta-8 & Delta-10 Products Safe in West Virginia?
Updated: May 23, 2022
When you get approved for a medical marijuana certification in West Virginia, you’ll get access to a wide variety of cannabis products that will have different strengths, effects, and durations.
West Virginia has certainly turned a new leaf to cannabis recently, with the medical cannabis program allowing patients with qualifying conditions to receive a medical marijuana card and legally purchase cannabis products.
Not all cannabis products require a medical marijuana card, however, and there are many hemp-derived or lab created cannabinoids that are technically legal, as long as they don’t contain too much Delta-9-THC.
Delta-8 and Delta-10 are types of cannabis products that can be legally bought and sold without a medical marijuana card, though their medicinal benefits and any health risks are largely unknown.
In this article, we’ll talk about Delta-8 & Delta-10, what they are, and whether or not they’re safe for medical marijuana patients.
What is Delta-8 & Delta-10?
Delta-8 & Delta-10 are Alternative Cannabinoids, Similar to Delta-9-THC
Delta-8 and delta-10 are both cannabinoids that are similar in structure to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, though their molecular structure causes them to produce less significant psychoactive effects than their traditional delta-9 cousin.
Delta-8 and delta-10 can also be derived from the hemp plant, rather than the cannabis plant, making them appear on the surface to slide under the radar for legality, though in truth, most delta-8 and delta-10 products aren’t created using hemp.
Many delta-8 and delta-10 products can be made synthetically in a lab, without the large volume of hemp crops that would be required to produce the compound. This is where most of the delta-8 or 10 products that you can buy likely come from, though they’ll probably still be labeled as “all-natural”.
Why it’s Dangerous to Buy Uncertified Delta-8 or Delta-10 Products
Gas stations, vape shops, and tobacco stores are not usually the place you’ll find high quality products, and there’s no exception when it comes to delta-8 or delta-10.
Products without any testing or certificates of analysis, or worse, fake certificates of analysis should no doubt be avoided when it comes to cannabinoids, as we’ve seen the negative effects that synthetic cannabinoids can cause.
Often, manufacturers are in a rush to get these kinds of “hype” products on the shelves due to their heightened attention and likelihood of being banned, and that can cause a lot of oversight or neglect to important areas like quality control and safety.
Medical marijuana patients should likely stick to products that have been cultivated by experts and gone through extraordinary testing, as patients with chronic and terminal conditions shouldn’t be exposed to unnecessary dangers.
How to Find Safe Delta-8 & Delta-10 Products
Look Online for Reputable Brands, & Beware of Fakes, Stick With Medical Marijuana
Like we mentioned, buying delta-8 or delta-10 products at your local gas station probably isn’t the way to go.
All things considered, traditional medical marijuana products have known medicinal benefits and much more research has been done on the potential effects from compounds like delta-9-THC, and these products are cultivated under extreme circumstances that require the heaviest of testing and records-keeping.
Delta-10 and delta-8 products don’t require the same level of testing and they live much more closely to products like CBD, where it’s best to stick with brands that have certificates of analysis and a favorable reputation.
That’s a little tough for delta-8 and delta-10 products because they’re a relatively new product and there aren’t as many big-name companies producing them with high levels of testing.
Cannabis-derived, Hemp-Derived, and Synthetic Delta-8 & Delta-10
Delta-8 and delta-10 can be created in one of several novel ways, and each method has its setbacks.
Cannabis-derived delta-8 or delta-10 would be the most unlikely product for manufacturers to create due to the obvious legality issues, cannabis is still federally illegal and cultivating cannabis requires extensive licensing.
Hemp-derived delta-8 & delta-10 is also an option, though these compounds are only present in extremely small amounts that would require very large and consistent crops to produce a small supply, making them more accessible but less profitable.
Synthetic or lab made delta-8 and delta-10 products will be the most common product you’ll find, where manufactures create the molecular compounds without the need for a base plant such as hemp or cannabis.
Delta-8/10 products can be synthetically made like the synthetic THC prescription dronabinol is created. Dronabinol is a lab created THC that mimics THC that is found in the cannabis plant, though there are reported negative side effects with this synthetic version of THC.
We don’t know what the side effects are from synthetic delta-8 and delta-10 products because there has been very little research done on them, and unfortunately most delta-8/10 products will be synthetically made.
For the safest experience, it’s best to stick with medical marijuana products that are cultivated without using dangerous chemicals or toxic environments and products that have a qualified certificate of analysis.
Get Your Medical Marijuana Certification in West Virginia
West Virginia’s medical cannabis program allows patients with qualifying conditions to legally purchase and possess cannabis. To receive your medical marijuana card, schedule an appointment with one of our compassionate physicians who can walk you through the process of getting medical marijuana in West Virginia today!
To get access to medical marijuana in West Virginia, patients must first obtain a medical marijuana certification from a qualified physician.
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